The United States Postal Service announced it established contracts with Ford to purchase 9,250 electric vehicles as part of a vehicle electrification plan put in place in December. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said that by 2026, all new vehicles will be electric vehicles (EV).
DeJoy said the United States Postal Service (USPS) would allocate $3 billion from the Inflation Reduction Act funds to purchase the fleet as part of the Biden administration’s goals of decarbonizing the federal government.
“We are moving forward with our plans to simultaneously improve our service, reduce our cost, grow our revenue, and improve the working environment for our employees,” Dejoy said. “Electrification of our vehicle fleet is now an important component of these initiatives. We have developed a strategy that mitigates both cost and risk of deployment, which enables execution on this initiative to begin now.
Dejoy said that by the end of 2028, the USPS will buy 66,000 EVs, Reuters reported.
While the USPS maintains the largest single federal fleet, it will install more charging stations in 75 different locations.
“I have long pressed the Postal Service to purchase more American-made and union-made electric delivery trucks, and I applaud today’s announcement that they will acquire new safe and efficient electric trucks that will be built by the Ford Motor Company and members of the United Auto Workers,” Senator Gary Peters of Michigan said.